University of Akron Scientists Developing Shatterproof Film for Touchscreen; Bends Without Breaking, Does Not Peel

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By Vittorio Hernandez | June 10, 2014 8:49 AM EST

University of Akron scientists are developing a shatterproof touchscreen film that would provide greater protection to smartphones. So far, they have developed transparent electrodes that when layered on polymer surfaces would be transparent like the current ones made of indium tin oxide (ITO).

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A hostess holds Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies during a presentation in Paris, May 7, 2014.

ITO is brittle and becoming increasingly expensive to produce, the university researchers said.

However, it would be more durable and it could be bent more than 1,000 times without breaking. It also doesn't peel and would not be expensive. It would also offer better electrical conductivity, said Yu Zhu, assistant professor of polymer science at the university.

The university researchers believe it would be cheaper to produce it than the available touchscreens on the market by mass producing it in rolls.

But there is no definite production timetable yet.

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A hostess holds Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies during a presentation in Paris, May 7, 2014.
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